Using recorded oral history, found footage, live interviews and videography shot on an iPhone, this short documentary tells the story of the rise, fall and reinvention of the American Dream in Detroit from the 1920s through today.
I began making trips to Detroit as a photographer, like so many before me, taking pictures of the "ruins" of this once-grand city. But I soon realized that the real story of Detroit was not its crumbled buildings, burned out houses, empty lots - or even its present-day revitalization efforts.
The real story was the people.
As I looked further into my own family's connection to the Motor City, the voices of a handful of locals began to push me in a direction I never expected.
With original music by Detroit's own John Greasy - writer, rapper, composer & producer.